Chandu Borde: In Indian cricket’s service for more than three decades


There was an individuality in his recreation. He potted the balls accurately and virtually cleared the desk. A 42-22 win in a one-off snooker recreation will need to have barely inflated his ego. It is in a brief snooker or badminton recreation that Chandu Borde finds leisure lately on the Poona Club.

“What else to do in the evenings? Something has to keep me occupied. And I have started to enjoy playing snooker or badminton,” mentioned Borde, whose cricketing chores at the moment are restricted to administering the Poona Club crew, though he may quickly be busy as a chief coach of the Maharashtra Cricket Association’s one-month camp for bowlers.

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Borde has not been linked with Indian cricket, a way or the opposite, solely within the final yr and a half. Otherwise, he’s a type of uncommon personalities who has performed worldwide cricket with three generations, been a coach and supervisor of junior and senior groups and a selector and chairman of the committee, too. Which means for practically three-and-a-half decades, Borde has been related to Indian cricket. Perhaps solely Polly Umrigar can match Borde’s credentials.

Polly Umrigar, Vijay Manjrekar and Chandu Borde have been those who set 3,000-plus runs as a benchmark in Tests for Indians. Borde, the truth is, performed 55 Tests, scored 3,061 runs and took 52 wickets. It was solely two decades later that Sunil Gavaskar set the massive barrier of 10,000 runs. The threesome’s Test-playing span diversified between 11 and 14 years, and if Tests had been as frequent then as they’re now, they will surely have made more than 5,000 runs every.

Borde and Umrigar (Manjrekar having handed away) are held in awe and admired by cricketers previous and current. Umrigar is now govt secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and has up to now held such essential posts as selector and supervisor. But Borde stands out from the remainder. “I have been there for 30-plus years. And I am very much keen to continue and assist Indian cricket,” he says.

Borde is because of retire from service on June 1, 1991, after which he avers he shall be accessible “full time” for cricket. The Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) has requested him to identify gifted bowlers in Maharashtra and to coach them through the one-month camp.

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In an interview to Sportstar, Borde amongst different issues dwelt at size on managership and the position he has performed as supervisor of various groups.

Excerpts:

Can you recall your affiliation with Indian cricket after your enjoying days?

Well, I’ve been concerned in numerous capacities, most of them referring to cricketing actions. To begin with, I used to be coach, selector and supervisor of the junior India groups. To groom younger cricketers was the precedence of the board from the ’70s and right here I have to emphasise that it has given India excellent cricketers. I used to be a junior selector and the board, with the nice intentions of shaping younger prospects, nominated me as supervisor of the junior India crew which went to Sri Lanka and England within the early ’80s. Thereafter, I’ve been a senior selector and chairman, supervisor of Indian groups throughout Test collection at house after which supervisor of the crew in Pakistan in 1989. I’ve had the advantage of observing cricketers at shut quarters for a whole decade and more.

The project with the junior groups which toured Sri Lanka and England in 1981 will need to have been actually thrilling?

I’m very clear in my ideas. It is just not troublesome to work with junior groups, however all the identical one must be very dedicated and really accountable. This goes for the senior groups as effectively, however with regard to the juniors, you might be dealing with a crew which is to be the nation’s future. And on an abroad tour the place the situations are alien to the gamers, the onus is on the supervisor to form every participant.

On these two excursions, Ravi Shastri was the captain of the crew and there have been gamers akin to (L.) Sivaramakrishnan, Kiran More and some more promising children. Since I had seen them earlier, I knew their robust and weak factors and therefore it was simple to work with them. These are the excursions wherein the gamers present enthusiasm and work exhausting to enhance their recreation. We did effectively in Sri Lanka.

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I have to make some extent right here. For the England tour, the continuity was maintained, which inspired the boys to indicate their mettle. There have been the six promising gamers – Shastri, More, Sadanand Viswanath, Maninder (Singh), Sivaramakrishnan and Chetan Sharma… (Navjot Singh) Sidhu was as impetuous then as he’s right now in opposition to the gradual bowlers. I used to be in a position to impart the information I had and labored on them to get one of the best.

I might say there was a fast enchancment of their efficiency as a result of they have been in a position to take in what
was being instructed to them. Their remark was eager and one of the best half was they have been wanting to carry out. After these two excursions, I had talked about in my report concerning the gamers who may progress to the Indian crew and that Ravi Shastri had the potential to change into captain.

What do you must say on Sivaramakrishnan, who was on each the excursions?

Siva was a fully good bowler. He was the trump card and a match-winning bowler. He had large potential and had it in him to change into an amazing leg spinner for India. He had the rhythm, googly and the loop which deceived each batsman on the tour. He had the flipper and bowled to line and size.

But once I noticed Siva within the camp in Bangalore, I couldn’t imagine my eyes. All the selectors have been there and I used to be significantly shocked to see Siva bowling with an extended run up and struggling to land. When I requested him why he had modified his type, he stored quiet. He had misplaced his rhythm and his hand was coming decrease. I’ve requested him a number of instances thereafter, however I suppose he doesn’t need to embarrass anybody. The case of Maninder Singh is analogous. He had a phenomenal motion. Now it’s not there.

We have had evident examples earlier than in Dattu Phadkar and Pandurang Salgaonkar. They went to England, bought their motion modified and have been nowhere after their return. I don’t know why individuals instructed them to vary. I’m a agency believer that originality needs to be inspired and never killed. Even now if Siva comes again to his unique motion, he could be efficient. But every little thing depends upon his inclination to work exhausting and get again the boldness.

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Ravi Shastri misplaced his rhythm and confidence to bowl. At Karachi, he was disgusted together with his bowling. Shastri could be very sensitive about his recreation. He started to shout within the dressing room and no one may perceive why he was doing so. At Sialkot, I noticed his motion and discovered the issue. At the time of supply, Shastri’s proper hand was on his knee and solely the left hand was movng. The drawback was within the rotation of the palms. He was jubilant after he bought his unique motion again. I feel very quickly we’ll see Ravi again in motion. Maybe he’s eager on batting now. Ravi is one who likes to bowl. Make no mistake about that.

Chandu Borde: At Sialkot, I noticed his motion and discovered the issue. At the time of supply, Shastri’s proper hand was on his knee and solely the left hand was movng. The drawback was within the rotation of the palms.   –  THE HINDU ARCHIVES

 You have been the cricket supervisor on the tour of Pakistan. This was your first abroad project with the senior crew. What have been your ideas earlier than accepting the job and after?

Well, we have been written off, not by Pakistan, however by our personal individuals. One needed to settle for the truth that Pakistan had an amazing bowling line-up in Imran (Khan), (Wasim) Akram, (Saleem) Jaffer, Aquib (Javed) and (Waqar) Younis. So, the overall query was whether or not India could be crushed 2-0, 3-Zero or 4-0? And contemplating what occurred in New Delhi earlier than leaving for Pakistan, the stress was mounting on me. My large fear was the way to inspire the gamers and lift their morale and confidence. Additionally, there have been three children within the crew. It was an actual problem for me.

At New Delhi, the gamers have been mentally disturbed. (Sachin) Tendulkar, (Vivek) Razdan and (Salil) Ankola have been anxious. They weren’t positive if the tour could be on. But Pakistan was tremendously ready for the collection. They have been within the temper to crush us. As supervisor, I used to be involved. But quickly after we reached Pakistan, I had a gathering with (Ok.) Srikkanth, Kapil (Dev) and the senior members. I burdened the necessity to overlook the variations with the board. They needed to overlook that for the sake of the crew and the nation.

We mentioned at size and determined to focus on the sport. India’s picture was at stake. I used to be a really joyful man after the assembly. It was within the first assembly that the battle plan was chalked out. Because the psychological preparation was made on the Lahore assembly, half the battle had been gained. Even Imran mentioned on the finish of the collection that Pakistan hoped to crush India 4-Zero and that by drawing the collection, India had really gained it.

And thoughts you, we needed to win it on and off the sector. There was stress increase after Srikkanth was attacked and the Babri Masjid situation was within the information. Most of the gamers needed to go away the sector. But I instructed them to remain as a result of we might have been declared losers. Even the Indian embassy personnel thanked me and their large assist helped us face the state of affairs in a daring method.

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I used to be alone for 28 days after the second official returned to India. But I used to be in a position to keep it up as a result of the gamers cooperated with me. That was the exact cause for India preventing it out and never shedding the collection. I want to level out right here that there have been no issues in placing a rapport with the senior gamers. The cause is, to start with, I had performed cricket with three generations. First with the likes of Vinoo Mankad, Polly Umrigar, Ghulam Ahmed, Subash Gupte and Vijay Manjrekar. I used to be the youngest member of the crew then. The second was with Nari Contractor, (Mansoor Ali Khan) Pataudi, (Farokh) Engineer and (M. L.) Jaisimha. And the third was with Chandra (B. S. Chandrasekhar), Pras (E. A. S. Prasanna), (Bishen Singh) Bedi and with Pataudi as captain. And I noticed the fourth technology as coach and selector. So I used to be related from one period to a different. There has been a steady hyperlink. The mixture of parts has helped me. Playing with so a lot of them had taught me the sensible a part of it and being concerned with the administration, I had seen the expansion of the present set of gamers.

You mentioned you have been nervous concerning the motivation, morale and confidence of the gamers. How did they get it?

Well, the Indian crew was like a wellknit household there. Srikkanth was overeager to carry out higher and this got here from the underside of his coronary heart. He had his personal method of doing issues. Kapil got here out with ideas and intelligent observations. Shastri made a number of feedback they usually have been most beneficial. So, all issues put collectively, we have been in a position to plan and act accordingly on the sector.

Were you dissatisfied that you weren’t retained as supervisor after the tour?

I used to be. Very a lot. Because no one gave us an opportunity and we returned house with our heads excessive.

Bedi, (Sunil) Gavaskar and Kapil misplaced their captaincy after shedding a collection in Pakistan. Srikkanth didn’t lose the collection, but he was dropped from the crew itself. Why?

It’s a million-dollar query. It’s past my comprehension as to how Srikkanth was dropped. I want to know that myself. In 1954, I toured Pakistan with Vinoo Mankad as captain and Lalaji (Lala Amarnath) as supervisor. I used to be the youngest member of the crew then. It was the primary collection after Partition. And rivalry between the 2 groups was at its peak. Then in 1960-61, I performed in opposition to Pakistan which was led by Fazal Mahmood.

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What I’m making an attempt to painting is Pakistan’s intense want to beat India. From 1954 to 1989, I’ve been watching the Pakistan crew. After assessing all of the groups, I might say that the Pakistan crew of 1989 was one of the best. It was an distinctive all-round aspect. Moreover, it was effectively ready to rout us. The prey was there to be killed. Considering all this stuff, the Indian crew’s efficiency was unbelievable. I don’t need to say something more.

Kris Srikkanth drives Andy Roberts for a 4. His 38, off 57 balls, with seven fours and a six, was the best rating within the 1983 World Cup last.   –  THE HINDU ARCHIVES

 Do you approve of the BCCI’s coverage of fixing the supervisor for each tour?

I might not agree with that in any method. Look at England, Australia and the West Indies. The board ought to have a supervisor for three years. And he will need to have a say within the number of the crew. A full-fledged cricket supervisor needs to be employed by the board for a interval of three years. Make him accountable. Give him the boldness, a free hand, and put him in command of the nationwide crew. Because it’s the cricket supervisor who has performed cricket for a very long time.

What shall be your formulation for success in Australia?

There should be a camp for a length of 4 to 6 weeks. An individual acceptable to the gamers needs to be made the cricket supervisor and he needs to be in command of this camp. There shouldn’t be more than 20 probables. You ought to have 4 gamers as standbys, who will present the cushioning if anyone will get injured. I don’t assume there may be any change for the World Cup. A state of affairs has been reached the place all of the Test gamers are skilled sufficient to adapt to One-Dayers.

I might give weightage to health for a prolonged tour like this. It needs to be ensured that bowlers who’ve the power to carry the ball up are chosen. The Australian pitches have the inherent high quality to encourage the quick bowlers. The more medium pacers we take, the higher. A great left-arm spinner will do effectively on the tour.

What about cricket in Maharashtra?

Well, once I was the coach, the crew reached the semifinals. After the 1988-89 season, I’ve not been the coach. It is being felt that the state senior crew doesn’t want a coach. But there may be loads of expertise. Surendra Bhave is a greater opener than most within the nation. He is an amazing fielder, too. But he failed when he was on trial. But he’s a really stable opener. Then there may be Santosh Jedhe, who has the potential to change into a superb all-rounder. Shantanu Sugwekar is an excellent bat.

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